Dody, I hope you can at least find a quilt store you'll love shopping at. The guild will just be an added bonus. You'll meet other quilters at the shop.
But you have time. Maybe pull out your Christmas quilts and start adding little touches of the season here and there. Before you know it, you'll be pulling everything out! This is going to be a year of firsts for you and I wish you blessings on every one of them.